Network Working Group                                           A. Boyko
Expires: October 17, 2011                                       J. Kunze
                                              California Digital Library
                                                              J. Littman
                                                               L. Madden
                                                     Library of Congress
                                                               B. Vargas
                                                          April 15, 2011

                The BagIt File Packaging Format (V0.97)


   This document specifies BagIt, a hierarchical file packaging format
   for storage and transfer of arbitrary digital content.  A "bag" has
   just enough structure to enclose descriptive "tags" and a "payload"
   but does not require knowledge of the payload's internal semantics.
   This BagIt format should be suitable for disk-based or network-based
   storage and transfer.

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Table of Contents

   1.  Introduction . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  4
     1.1.  Purpose  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  4
     1.2.  Requirements . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  4
     1.3.  Terminology  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  4
   2.  Structure  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  6
     2.1.  Required Elements  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  6
       2.1.1.  Bag Declaration: bagit.txt . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  6
       2.1.2.  Payload Directory: data/ . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  6
       2.1.3.  Payload Manifest: manifest-<alg>.txt . . . . . . . . .  7
     2.2.  Optional Elements  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  7
       2.2.1.  Tag Manifest: tagmanifest-<alg>.txt  . . . . . . . . .  7
       2.2.2.  Bag Metadata: bag-info.txt . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  8
       2.2.3.  Fetch File: fetch.txt  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10
       2.2.4.  Other Tag Files  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 11
     2.3.  Text Tag File Format . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 11
     2.4.  Bag Checksum Algorithms  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 11
   3.  Complete, Incomplete, and Valid bags . . . . . . . . . . . . . 12
   4.  Serialization  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 13
   5.  Examples . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 14
     5.1.  Example of a basic bag . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 14
     5.2.  Another example bag  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 14
   6.  Security Considerations  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 16
     6.1.  Special directory characters . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 16
     6.2.  Control of URLs in fetch.txt . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 16
     6.3.  File sizes in fetch.txt  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 16
   7.  Practical Considerations (non-normative) . . . . . . . . . . . 17
     7.1.  Disk and network transfer  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 17
     7.2.  Interoperability . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 17
       7.2.1.  Checksum tools . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 17
       7.2.2.  Windows and Unix file naming . . . . . . . . . . . . . 18
   8.  Acknowledgements . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 19
   9.  References . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 20
   Appendix A.  Change history  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 21
     A.1.  Changes from draft-05, 2011.04.15  . . . . . . . . . . . . 21
     A.2.  Changes from draft-04, 2009.12.20  . . . . . . . . . . . . 21
     A.3.  Changes from draft-03, 2009.04.11  . . . . . . . . . . . . 22
     A.4.  Changes from draft-02, 2008.07.11  . . . . . . . . . . . . 23
     A.5.  Changes from draft-01, 2008.05.30  . . . . . . . . . . . . 24
     A.6.  Changes from draft-00, 2008.03.24  . . . . . . . . . . . . 24
   Authors' Addresses . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 26

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1.  Introduction

1.1.  Purpose

   BagIt is a hierarchical file packaging format designed to support
   disk-based or network-based storage and transfer of arbitrary digital
   content.  A bag consists of a "payload" and "tags".  The content of
   the payload is the custodial focus of the bag and is treated as
   semantically opaque.  The "tags" are metadata files intended to
   facilitate and document the storage and transfer of the bag.  The
   name, BagIt, is inspired by the "enclose and deposit" method
   [ENCDEP], sometimes referred to as "bag it and tag it".

   Implementors of BagIt tools should consider interoperability between
   different platforms, operating systems, toolsets, and languages.
   Differences in path separators, newline characters, reserved file
   names, and maximum path lengths are all possible barriers to moving
   bags between different systems.  Discussion of these issues may be
   found in the Interoperability section of this document.

1.2.  Requirements

   The key words "MUST", "MUST NOT", "REQUIRED", "SHALL", "SHALL NOT",
   document are to be interpreted as described in [RFC2119].

   An implementation is not compliant if it fails to satisfy one or more
   of the MUST or REQUIRED level requirements for the protocols it
   implements.  An implementation that satisfies all the MUST or
   REQUIRED level and all the SHOULD level requirements for its
   protocols is said to be "unconditionally compliant"; one that
   satisfies all the MUST level requirements but not all the SHOULD
   level requirements for its protocols is said to be "conditionally

1.3.  Terminology

   This specification uses a number of terms to describe BagIt, some of
   which are in common use, some of which are newly defined by this
   specification, and others which may have meanings obvious only to
   those in the community from which this spec arose.  Terms defined in
   this section are intended to clarify any ambiguity.

   bag  A set of opaque data contained within the structure defined by
      this specification.

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   bag declaration  The tag file required to be in all bags conforming
      to this specification.  Contains tags necessary for bootstrapping
      the reading and processing of the rest of a bag.  See
      Section 2.1.1.

   bag checksum algorithm  A reference to a cryptographic checksum
      algorithm, such as MD5 or SHA-1, with its name normalized for use
      in a manifest or tag manifest file name.  See Section 2.4.

   complete  A bag which comprises all elements required by this
      specification, with all files listed in all payload and tag
      manifests present, all payload files present listed in at least
      one manifest.  See Section 3.

   payload  The data encapsulated by the bag.  The contents of the
      payload are opaque to this specification, and are always
      considered as a set of octet streams.  See Section 2.1.2.

   serialized bag  A bag that has been serialized into a single,
      monolithic file.  See Section 4.

   tag directory  A directory that contains one or more tag files.

   tag file  A file that contains metadata intended to facilitate and
      document the storage and transfer of the bag.

   valid  A complete bag wherein every checksum in every payload
      manifest and tag manifest can be successfully verified against the
      corresponding payload file.  See Section 2.1.2.

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2.  Structure

   A bag consists of a base directory containing (1) a set of required
   and optional tag files; (2) a sub-directory named "data", called the
   payload directory; and (3) a set of optional tag directories.  The
   payload files in the payload directory are an arbitrary file
   hierarchy (see Section 2.1.2).  The tag files in the base directory
   consist of one or more files named "manifest-_algorithm_.txt" (see
   Section 2.1.3), a file named "bagit.txt" (see Section 2.1.1), and
   zero or more additional tag files (see Section 2.2).  The tag files
   in the optional tag directories are arbitrary file hierarchies and
   the tag directories MAY have any name that is not reserved for a file
   or directory in this specification.

   The base directory MAY have any name.

           <base directory>/
           |   bagit.txt
           |   manifest-<algorithm>.txt
           |   [optional additional tag files]
           \--- data/
                 |   [payload files]
           \--- [optional tag directories]/
                 |   [optional tag files]

2.1.  Required Elements

2.1.1.  Bag Declaration: bagit.txt

   The "bagit.txt" tag file MUST consist of exactly two lines:

   BagIt-Version: M.N
   Tag-File-Character-Encoding: UTF-8

   where M.N identifies the BagIt major (M) and minor (N) version
   numbers, and UTF-8 identifies the character set encoding of tag
   files.  The bag declaration MUST be encoded in UTF-8, and MUST NOT
   contain a byte-order mark (BOM).  [RFC3629]

   The appropriate version for a bag that conforms to this version of
   the specification is "0.97".

2.1.2.  Payload Directory: data/

   The base directory MUST contain a sub-directory named "data", called
   the payload directory.

   The payload directory contains the custodial content within the bag.

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   The files under the payload directory are called payload files, or
   the payload.  The payload is treated as octet streams for all
   purposes relating to this specification, and is not otherwise

2.1.3.  Payload Manifest: manifest-<alg>.txt

   A payload manifest is a tag file that lists payload files and
   checksums for those payload files generated using a particular bag
   checksum algorithm.  Every bag MUST contain one payload manifest
   file, and MAY contain more than one.  A payload manifest file MUST
   have a name of the form manifest-_algorithm_.txt, where _algorithm_
   is a string specifying the bag checksum algorithm used in that
   manifest, such as:


   A bag MUST NOT contain more than one payload manifest for a
   particular bag checksum algorithm.

   Each line of a payload manifest file MUST be of the form:


   where FILENAME is the pathname of a file relative to the base
   directory and CHECKSUM is a hex-encoded checksum calculated according
   to _algorithm_ over every octet in the file.  The hex-encoded
   checksum MAY use uppercase and/or lowercase letters.  The slash
   character ('/') MUST be used as a path separator in FILENAME.  One or
   more linear whitespace characters (spaces or tabs) MUST separate
   CHECKSUM from FILENAME.  An asterisk ('*') MAY preceed FILENAME for
   interoperability on some platforms (see Section 7.2.1).  There is no
   limitation on the length of a pathname.  The payload manifest MUST
   NOT reference files outside the payload directory.

   Payload manifests only include the pathnames of files.  Because of
   this, a payload manifest cannot reference empty directories.  To
   account for an empty directory, a bag creator may wish to include at
   least one file in that directory; it suffices, for example, to
   include a zero-length file named ".keep".

2.2.  Optional Elements

2.2.1.  Tag Manifest: tagmanifest-<alg>.txt

   A tag manifest is a tag file that lists other tag files and checksums
   for those tag files generated using a particular bag checksum

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   algorithm.  A bag MAY contain one or more tag manifests.  A tag
   manifest file MUST have a name of the form "tagmanifest-
   _algorithm_.txt", where _algorithm_ is a string specifying the bag
   checksum algorithm used in that manifest, such as:


   A tag manifest file has the same form as the payload file manifest
   file described in Section 2.1.3, but MUST NOT list any payload files.
   As a result, no FILENAME listed in a tag manifest begins "data/".

2.2.2.  Bag Metadata: bag-info.txt

   The "bag-info.txt" file is a tag file that contains metadata elements
   describing the bag and the payload.  The metadata elements contained
   in the "bag-info.txt" file are intended primarily for human
   readability.  All metadata elements are optional and MAY be repeated.
   Implementations SHOULD assume that the ordering is significant and
   provide access to the metadata elements in the order they are given
   in the "bag-info.txt" file.

   A metadata element MUST consist of a label, a colon, and a value,
   each separated by optional whitespace.  It is RECOMMENDED that lines
   not exceed 79 characters in length.  Long values may be continued
   onto the next line by inserting a newline (LF), a carriage return
   (CR), or carriage return plus newline (CRLF) and indenting the next
   line with linear white space (spaces or tabs).

   Reserved metadata element names are case-insensitive and defined as

   Source-Organization  Organization transferring the content.

   Organization-Address  Mailing address of the organization.

   Contact-Name  Person at the source organization who is responsible
      for the content transfer.

   Contact-Phone  International format telephone number of person or
      position responsible.

   Contact-Email  Fully qualified email address of person or position

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   External-Description  A brief explanation of the contents and

   Bagging-Date  Date (YYYY-MM-DD) that the content was prepared for

   External-Identifier  A sender-supplied identifier for the bag.

   Bag-Size  Size or approximate size of the bag being transferred,
      followed by an abbreviation such as MB (megabytes), GB, or TB; for
      example, 42600 MB, 42.6 GB, or .043 TB.  Compared to Payload-Oxum
      (described next), Bag-Size is intended for human consumption.

   Payload-Oxum  The "octetstream sum" of the payload, namely, a two-
      part number of the form "OctetCount.StreamCount", where OctetCount
      is the total number of octets (8-bit bytes) across all payload
      file content and StreamCount is the total number of payload files.
      Payload-Oxum should be included in "bag-info.txt" if at all
      possible.  Compared to Bag-Size (above), Payload-Oxum is intended
      for machine consumption.

   Bag-Group-Identifier  A sender-supplied identifier for the set, if
      any, of bags to which it logically belongs.  This identifier must
      be unique across the sender's content, and if recognizable as
      belonging to a globally unique scheme, the receiver should make an
      effort to honor reference to it.

   Bag-Count  Two numbers separated by "of", in particular, "N of T",
      where T is the total number of bags in a group of bags and N is
      the ordinal number within the group; if T is not known, specify it
      as "?" (question mark).  Examples: 1 of 2, 4 of 4, 3 of ?, 89 of

   Internal-Sender-Identifier  An alternate sender-specific identifier
      for the content and/or bag.

   Internal-Sender-Description  A sender-local prose description of the
      contents of the bag.

   In addition to these metadata elements, other arbitrary metadata
   elements may also be present.

   Here is an example "bag-info.txt" file.

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       Source-Organization: Spengler University
       Organization-Address: 1400 Elm St., Cupertino, California, 95014
       Contact-Name: Edna Janssen
       Contact-Phone: +1 408-555-1212
       External-Description: Uncompressed greyscale TIFF images from the
            Yoshimuri papers colle...
       Bagging-Date: 2008-01-15
       External-Identifier: spengler_yoshimuri_001
       Bag-Size: 260 GB
       Payload-Oxum: 279164409832.1198
       Bag-Group-Identifier: spengler_yoshimuri
       Bag-Count: 1 of 15
       Internal-Sender-Identifier: /storage/images/yoshimuri
       Internal-Sender-Description: Uncompressed greyscale TIFFs created
            from microfilm and are...

2.2.3.  Fetch File: fetch.txt

   For reasons of efficiency, a bag MAY be sent with a list of files to
   be fetched and added to the payload before it can meaningfully be
   checked for completeness.  An OPTIONAL tag file named "fetch.txt"
   contains such a list.  Each line of "fetch.txt" has the form


   where URL identifies the file to be fetched, LENGTH is the number of
   octets in the file (or "-", to leave it unspecified), and FILENAME
   identifies the corresponding payload file, relative to the base
   directory.  The slash character ('/') MUST be used as a path
   separator in FILENAME.  If FILENAME begins with a slash character,
   the destination MUST still be treated as relative to the bag base
   directory.  One or more linear whitespace characters (spaces or tabs)
   MUST separate these three values, and any such characters in the URL
   MUST be percent-encoded [RFC3986].  There is no limitation on the
   length of any of the fields in the "fetch.txt".

   The "fetch.txt" file allows a bag to be transmitted with "holes" in
   it, which can be practical for several reasons.  For example, it
   obviates the need for the sender to stage a large serialized copy of
   the content while the bag is transferred to the receiver.  Also, this
   method allows a sender to construct a bag from components that are
   either a subset of logically related components (e.g., the localized
   logical object could be much larger than what is intended for export)
   or assembled from logically distributed sources (e.g., the object
   components for export are not stored locally under one filesystem

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2.2.4.  Other Tag Files

   A bag MAY contain other tag files that are not defined by this
   specification.  Implementations SHOULD ignore the content of any
   unexpected tag files, except when they are listed in a tag manifest.
   When unexpected tag files are listed in a tag manifest,
   implementations MUST only treat the content of those tag files as
   octet streams for the purpose of checksum verification.

2.3.  Text Tag File Format

   All tag files specifically described in this specification MUST
   adhere to the text tag file format described below.  Other tag files
   MAY adhere to the text tag file format described below.

   Text tag files are line-oriented, and each line MUST be terminated by
   a newline (LF), a carriage return (CR), or carriage return plus
   newline (CRLF).  Text tag files MUST end in the extension ".txt".

   In all text tag files except for the bag declaration file, text MUST
   be encoded in the character encoding specified in the "bagit.txt" bag
   declaration file.  Text tag files except for the bag declaration file
   MAY include a byte-order mark (BOM) only if the specified encoding
   requires it for proper decoding.  (Note that UTF-8 does not.)

   As specified in Section 2.1.1, the bag declaration file must be
   encoded in UTF-8 and must not include a byte-order mark.

2.4.  Bag Checksum Algorithms

   The payload manifest and tag manifests assert integrity of the
   payload and tags in a bag using checksum algorithms.  The operation
   of those algorithms, and the formatting of their output within a
   manifest file, are generally beyond the scope of this specification,
   except that the output format MUST be able to fit in the manifest
   format specified in Section 2.1.3.

   The name of the checksum algorithm MUST be normalized for use in the
   manifest's filename by lowercasing the common name of the algorithm
   and removing all non-alphanumeric characters.

   Implementors of tools that create and validate bags SHOULD support at
   least two widely implemented checksum algorithms: "md5" [RFC1321] and
   "sha1" [RFC3174].

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3.  Complete, Incomplete, and Valid bags

   A _complete_ bag MUST have the following attributes:

   1.  Every required element MUST be present (Section 2.1).

   2.  Every file in every payload manifest MUST be present.

   3.  Every file in every tag manifest MUST be present.  Tag files not
       listed in a tag manifest MAY be present.

   4.  Every payload file MUST be listed in at least one manifest.
       Payload files MAY be listed in more than one payload manifest.

   5.  Every element present MUST comply with this specification.

   A bag is _incomplete_ when it exhibits any of the following
   exceptions to the attributes of a complete bag:

   1.  One or more files in any payload manifest are absent.

   2.  One or more files in any tag manifest are absent.

   3.  A fetch.txt is present.  Any files listed in any payload manifest
       or any tag manifest which are absent MUST be listed in the

   A _valid_ bag must have the following attributes:

   1.  The bag MUST be complete.

   2.  Every CHECKSUM in every payload manifest and tag manifest can be
       sucessfully verified against the contents of its corresponding

   If a bag is neither valid, complete, nor incomplete, it is _invalid_.
   Definitions for the various ways a bag may be invalid are not covered
   by this specification.

   Tag files that do not appear in a tag manifest can be modified, added
   to, or removed from a bag without impacting the completeness or
   validity of the bag.

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4.  Serialization

   In some scenarios, it may be convenient to serialize the bag's
   filesystem hierarchy (i.e., the base directory) into a single-file
   archive format such as TAR or ZIP (the serialization) and then later
   deserialize the serialization to recreate the filesystem hierarchy.
   Several rules govern the serialization of a bag and apply equally to
   all types of archive files:

   1.  The top-level directory of a serialization MUST contain only one

   2.  The serialization SHOULD have the same name as the bag's base
       directory, but MUST have an extension added to identify the
       format.  For example, the receiver of "mybag.tar.gz" expects the
       corresponding base directory to be created as "mybag".

   3.  A bag MUST NOT be serialized from within its base directory, but
       from the parent of the base directory (where the base directory
       appears as an entry).  Thus, after a bag is deserialized in an
       empty directory, a listing of that directory shows exactly one
       entry.  For example, deserializing "" in an empty
       directory causes the creation of the base directory "mybag" and,
       beneath "mybag", the creation of all payload and tag files.

   4.  The deserialization of a bag MUST produce a single base directory
       bag with the top-level structure as described in this
       specification without requiring any additional un-archiving step.
       For example, after one un-archiving step it would be an error for
       the "data/" directory to appear as "data.tar.gz".  TAR and ZIP
       files may appear inside the payload beneath the "data/"
       directory, where they would be treated as any other payload file.

   When serializing a bag, care must be taken to ensure that the archive
   format's restrictions on file naming, such as allowable characters,
   length, or character encoding, will support the requirements of the
   systems on which it will be used.  See Section 7.2.

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5.  Examples

5.1.  Example of a basic bag

   This is the layout of a basic bag containing an image and a companion
   OCR file.  Lines of file content are shown in parentheses beneath the
   file name.

   |   manifest-md5.txt
   |    (49afbd86a1ca9f34b677a3f09655eae9 data/27613-h/images/q172.png)
   |    (408ad21d50cef31da4df6d9ed81b01a7 data/27613-h/images/q172.txt)
   |   bagit.txt
   |    (BagIt-version: 0.96                                          )
   |    (Tag-File-Character-Encoding: UTF-8                           )
   \--- data/
        |   27613-h/images/q172.png
        |    (... image bytes ...                                     )
        |   27613-h/images/q172.txt
        |    (... OCR text ...                                        )

5.2.  Another example bag

   The following example bag contains content from a web crawler.  As
   before, lines of file content are shown in parentheses beneath the
   file name, with long lines continued indented on subsequent lines.
   This bag is not complete until every component listed in the
   "fetch.txt" file is retrieved.

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 |   manifest-md5.txt
 |    (93c53193ef96732c76e00b3fdd8f9dd3 data/Collection Overview.txt   )
 |    (e9c5753d65b1ef5aeb281c0bb880c6c8 data/Seed List.txt             )
 |    (61c96810788283dc7be157b340e4eff4 data/gov-20060601-050019.arc.gz)
 |    (55c7c80c6635d5a4c8fe76a940bf353e data/gov-20060601-100002.arc.gz)
 |   fetch.txt
 |    (http://WB20.Stanford.Edu/gov-06-2006/gov-20060601-050019.arc.gz
 |        26583985 data/gov-20060601-050019.arc.gz                     )
 |    (http://WB20.Stanford.Edu/gov-06-2006/gov-20060601-100002.arc.gz
 |        99509720 data/gov-20060601-100002.arc.gz                     )
 |    ( ...............................................................)
 |   bag-info.txt
 |    (Source-organization: California Digital Library                 )
 |    (Organization-address: 415 20th St, 4th Floor, Oakland, CA  94612)
 |    (Contact-name: A. E. Newman                                      )
 |    (Contact-phone: +1 510-555-1234                                  )
 |    (Contact-email:                                  )
 |    (External-Description: The collection "Local Davis Flood Control )
 |      Collection" includes captured California State and local       )
 |      websites containing information on flood control resources for )
 |      the Davis and Sacramento area.  Sites were captured by UC Davis)
 |      curator Wrigley Spyder using the Web Archiving Service in      )
 |      February 2007 and October 2007.                                )
 |    (Bag-date: 2008.04.15                                            )
 |    (External-identifier: ark:/13030/fk4jm2bcp                       )
 |    (Bag-size: about 22Gb                                            )
 |    (Payload-Oxum: 21836794142.831                                   )
 |    (Internal-sender-identifier: UCDL                                )
 |    (Internal-sender-description: UC Davis Libraries                 )
 |   bagit.txt
 |    (BagIt-version: 0.96                                             )
 |    (Tag-File-Character-Encoding: UTF-8                              )
 \--- data/
      |   Collection Overview.txt
      |    (... narrative description ...                              )
      |   Seed List.txt
      |    (... list of crawler starting point URLs ...                )

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6.  Security Considerations

6.1.  Special directory characters

   The paths specified in the payload manifest, tag manifest, and
   "fetch.txt" file do not prohibit special directory characters which
   might be significant on implementing systems.  Implementors SHOULD
   take care that files outside the bag directory structure are not
   accessed when reading or writing files based on paths specified in a

   For example, path characters such as ".." or "~" in a maliciously
   crafted "fetch.txt" file might cause a naive implementation to
   overwrite critical system files.

6.2.  Control of URLs in fetch.txt

   Implementors of tools that complete bags by retrieving URLs listed in
   a "fetch.txt" file need to be aware that some of those URLs may point
   to hosts, intentionally or unintentionally, that are not under
   control of the bag's sender.  Checksums are intended as a reasonable
   guarantee against corruption during transit, not a strong
   cryptographic protection against intentional spoofing.

6.3.  File sizes in fetch.txt

   The size of files, as optionally reported in the "fetch.txt" file,
   cannot be guaranteed to match the actual file size to be downloaded.
   Implementors SHOULD take care to appropriately handle cases where the
   actual file size does not match the file size reported in the
   fetch.txt.  Implementors SHOULD NOT use the file size in the
   "fetch.txt" file for critical resource allocation, such as buffer
   sizing or storage requisitioning.

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7.  Practical Considerations (non-normative)

7.1.  Disk and network transfer

   When creating a bag on physical media (such as hard disk, CD-ROM, or
   DVD) for transfer to another organization, the sender should select
   and format the media in a manner compatible with both the content
   requirements (e.g., file names and sizes) and the receiver's
   technical infrastructure.  If the receiver's infrastructure is not
   known or the media needs to be compatible with a range of potential
   receivers, consideration should be given to portability and common
   usage.  For example, a "lowest common denominator" for some potential
   receivers could be USB disk drives formatted with the FAT32

   Although overall bag size is unlimited in principle, network-based
   transfers may involve constraints on the amount of bag data that a
   receiver can receive at one time.  It may be practical to split a
   large bag into several smaller bags.

   Transmitting a whole bag in serialized form as a single file will
   tend to be the most straightforward mode of transfer.  When
   throughput is a priority, use of "fetch.txt" lends itself to an easy,
   application-level parallelism in which the list of URL-addressed
   items to fetch is divided among multiple processes.  The mechanics of
   sending and receiving bags over networks is otherwise out of scope of
   the present document and may be facilitated by protocols such as
   [GRABIT] and [SWORD].

7.2.  Interoperability

   This section is not part of the BagIt specification.  It describes
   some practical considerations for bag creators and receivers circa

7.2.1.  Checksum tools

   Some cautions regarding bag interchange arise in regard to the
   commonly available checksum tools distributed with the GNU Coreutils
   package (md5sum, sha1sum, etc.), collectively referred to here as
   "md5sum".  First, md5sum can be run in binary or text mode; text mode
   sometimes normalizes line-endings.  While these modes appear to
   produce the same checksums under Unix-like systems, they can produce
   different checksums under Windows.  When using md5sum, it may be
   safest to run it in binary mode, with one caveat: a side-effect of
   binary mode is that md5sum requires a space and an asterisk ('*'),
   compared to two spaces in text mode, between the CHECKSUM and
   FILENAME in its manifest format.

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   Due to the widespread use of md5sum (and its relatives), it is not
   unexpected for bag receivers to see manifests in which CHECKSUM and
   FILENAME are separated by a space followed by an asterisk.
   Implementors creating or processing bags with md5sum should be aware
   of these subtle differences, and ensure compliance with the manifest
   specification in this document.  Implementors creating and processing
   bags with other tools may wish to be tolerant of asterisks found in
   the manifests.

   A final note about md5sum-generated manifests is that for a FILENAME
   containing a backslash ('\'), the manifest line will have a backslash
   inserted in front of the CHECKSUM and, under Windows, the backslashes
   inside FILENAME may be doubled.

7.2.2.  Windows and Unix file naming

   As specified above, only the Unix-based path separator ('/') may be
   used inside filenames listed in BagIt manifests and "fetch.txt"
   files.  When bags are exchanged between Windows and Unix platforms,
   care should be taken to translate the path separator as needed.
   Receivers of bags on physical media should be prepared for
   filesystems created under either Windows or Unix.  Besides the
   fundamental difference between path separators ('\' and '/'),
   generally, Windows filesystems have more limitations than Unix
   filesystems.  Windows path names have a maximum of 255 characters,
   and none of these characters may be used in a path component:

       < > : " / | ? *

   Windows also reserves the following names: CON, PRN, AUX, NUL, COM1,
   COM2, COM3, COM4, COM5, COM6, COM7, COM8, COM9, LPT1, LPT2, LPT3,
   LPT4, LPT5, LPT6, LPT7, LPT8, and LPT9.  See [MSFNAM] for more

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8.  Acknowledgements

   BagIt owes much to many thoughtful contributers and reviewers,
   including Stephen Abrams, Mike Ashenfelder, Dan Chudnov, Brad Hards,
   Scott Fisher, Keith Johnson, Erik Hetzner, Leslie Johnston, David
   Loy, Mark Phillips, Tracy Seneca, Brian Tingle, Adam Turoff, and Jim

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9.  References

   [ENCDEP]   Tabata, K., "A Collaboration Model between Archival
              Systems to Enhance the Reliability of Preservation by an
              Enclose-and-Deposit Method", 2005,

   [GRABIT]   NDIIPP/CDL, "The GrabIt File Exchange Protocol", 2008,

   [MSFNAM]   Microsoft, "Naming a File", 2008,

   [RFC1321]  Rivest, R., "The MD5 Message-Digest Algorithm", RFC 1321,
              April 1992.

   [RFC2119]  Bradner, S., "Key words for use in RFCs to Indicate
              Requirement Levels", BCP 14, RFC 2119, March 1997.

   [RFC3174]  Eastlake, D. and P. Jones, "US Secure Hash Algorithm 1
              (SHA1)", RFC 3174, September 2001.

   [RFC3629]  Yergeau, F., "UTF-8, a transformation format of ISO
              10646", STD 63, RFC 3629, November 2003.

   [RFC3986]  Berners-Lee, T., Fielding, R., and L. Masinter, "Uniform
              Resource Identifier (URI): Generic Syntax", STD 66,
              RFC 3986, January 2005.

   [SWORD]    UKOLN/JISC CETIS, "Simple Web-service Offering Repository
              Deposit (SWORD)", 2008,

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Appendix A.  Change history

   (This appendix to be removed in the final draft.)

A.1.  Changes from draft-05, 2011.04.15

   Allowing tag directories.

   Fixed definition of valid.

   Clarified that tag files do not need to be text files.

   Clarified that repeatability and ordering of metadata elements in

   Clarified case of hex-encoding in manifests.

A.2.  Changes from draft-04, 2009.12.20

   Re-replaced entity reference for current version number in artwork,
   where it doesn't appear to work (xml2rfc bug?).  Updated to latest
   IETF Trust Legal Provisions 200902. (jak)

   Re-wording Tag File Format section.

   Adding new section for Other Tag Files.

   Minor clarification on the Fetch File description.

   Synchronized the language between the Payload Manifest and the Tag
   Manifest sections.

   Minor grammatical corrections and clarifications to the Payload
   Manifest section.

   Re-worded and re-ordered payload section and structure intro.  Except
   for the base directory naming, the structure intro is strictly

   Replaced current version number with entity reference.

   Move checksum algorithm information into its own section.

   Major re-wording of section on validity and completeness to provide
   explicit, enumerated definitions for "valid", "complete", and
   "incomplete" bags.

   Added explicit wording about byte order marks (BOM) in UTF-8.

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   Re-named section titles for better clarity.

   Re-wording security consideration on checksum purposes to more
   accurately reflect the real purposes of the checksums.

   Major restructuring of the document for brevity and precision.

   Added RFC 2119 language.

   Added terminology section.

   Cleaning up example artwork so that parenthesis are more consistently

   Explicitly stated version number required for comforming to the
   current version of the specification.

   Various minor tweaks to grammar and wording.

A.3.  Changes from draft-03, 2009.04.11

   Re-worded interoperability statement in the Introduction.  (Justin)

   Added statements regarding no limitations on various paths, URI, and
   other lengths.

   Clarified that the bag directory may not contain any other
   directories except for the "data" directory.

   A soel carriage return character is now explicitly allowed as a valid
   line separator.

   Tag file encoding requirements are now required to be as-stated in
   the "bagit.txt".  The "bagit.txt" file is explicitly required to be
   in UTF-8.

   Wording cleanup, clarifying payload file manifests and tag file

   Tags in "bag-info.txt" no longer have any ordering requirement.

   Tag formatting now explicitly states where significant whitespace
   begins in the tag.

   After some consideration, added some security considerations.

   Made it clear that a bag may contain other bags, re: serialization.

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   Re-worded interoperabiilty to concerns to require creators to be
   spec-compliant, and readers to be tolerant of known potential issues.

   Specificity to the FILENAME element in "fetch.txt" is relative to the
   bag root, and to make sure to treat leading slashes as relative.

   Updated acknowledgements.

   Various other minor edits for clarity and readibility.

A.4.  Changes from draft-02, 2008.07.11

   Added language to require the slash ('/') as path separator,
   regardless of the platform where the bag was created.  Added an extra
   co-author and an Acknowledgements section.

   Deleted the unnecessary "(optional)" from four of the metadata
   elements, since all metadata elements are optional.  Softened the
   equivalence of the serialization name and name of the contained bag
   base directory.  Replaced the reference to RFC2822 with an inline
   description of the simpler bag-info.txt format.

   Changed to a variable linear whitespace separator in the description
   of manifest layout and in manifest examples.  Added two paragraphs
   under a new "Checksum tools" subsection of the Interoperability
   section to describe some of the peculiarities of dealing with the
   widely used GNU Coreutils checksum tools.

   With the new version, 0.96, there is an important and incompatible
   change of file name (package-info.txt -> bag-info.txt), metadata
   element names (Package-Size -> Bag-Size, Packing-Date -> Bagging-
   Date), and descriptive language to replace the noun "package" with
   "bag" throughout the spec.  This was to reduce unnecessary synonymy
   and free up the noun "package" to name the physical container (e.g.,
   a mailing carton) used to transfer hard disks.

   In section 7, another important change is the introduction of the
   Payload-Oxum ("octetstream sum") metadata element to convey precise,
   machine-readable payload size information for capacity planning
   (especially useful when preparing to receive files listed in
   fetch.txt).  The Bag-size definition was adjusted to steer it more
   towards human consumption.

   In section 2.2 the spec now requires exactly two spaces between
   checksum and filename in manifests.  This results from the experience
   that as of 2008, not all widely available validation tools are
   flexible in the kind of separating whitespace recognized.  The
   examples have been updated to include use the two-space form as well.

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   Comment added that while overall bag size is unlimited, practical
   limitations on the amount of data that a receiver can stage may
   warrant splitting a large bag into several smaller bags.

   Added a reference to the SWORD protocol.

   Minor edits for scanning and reformatting to cut down line length for
   some figures that exceeded 72 chars (limit for Internet-Drafts).

A.5.  Changes from draft-01, 2008.05.30

   Added mention of preserving empty directories.

   Simplified function of "tag checksum file" to "tag manifest", having
   same format as payload manifest.  The tag manifest is optional and
   need not include every tag file.

   Loosened interpretation of payload manifest to "union" concept: every
   payload file must be listed in at least one manifest but need not be
   listed in every manifest.

   Shortened the Introduction's first paragraph to be less duplicative
   of text in the Abstract.

   Changed Delivery-Date to Packing-Date.

   Correctly sorted the author list and clarification of deserialization

A.6.  Changes from draft-00, 2008.03.24

   Author address corrections and miscellaneous stylistic edits.

   Added some mention of physical media-based transfers, preferred
   characteristics of transfer filesystems, and network transfer issues.

   Added basic bag example early and changed the narrative to more
   clearly delineate component files.

   Wording changes under fetch.txt, and note that fetch.txt will need to
   be modified before bag return.

   Fixed checksum encoding reference to base64 rather than hex.  (B.

   Described simple normalization approach for checksum algorithm names.
   (B. Vargas)

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   In the example bag, add the ARC files found in the fetch.txt to the
   manifest as well (A. Turoff)

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Authors' Addresses

   Andy Boyko
   1438 Kingfisher Way
   Sunnyvale, CA  94087


   John A. Kunze
   California Digital Library
   415 20th St, 4th Floor
   Oakland, CA  94612


   Justin Littman
   Library of Congress
   101 Independence Avenue SE
   Washington, DC  20540


   Liz Madden
   Library of Congress
   101 Independence Avenue SE
   Washington, DC  20540


   Brian Vargas
   1354 Quincy St. NW
   Washington, DC  20011


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